UK: Facebook ‘has been making mistakes for decades’
Posted On September 27, 2021
Facebook has had a long history of making “mistakes” for decades, but this article by a British social media expert has it all wrong.
Facebook has had it all: a reputation for being the most toxic platform in the world, and now it has a problem that is costing the company billions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the UK-based social media company is facing legal challenges over its decision to “unmask” anonymous users of its platform.
The company says it will defend itself and defend the “right to anonymity.”
“The UK’s High Court has said that Facebook must have a ‘just cause’ for removing its users’ information,” said Facebook in a statement.
“It is important to understand that the UK government is a public authority with the power to decide how its citizens’ data is used.
As a result, this decision has been made without due process.”
The court ruled in March that Facebook cannot remove the information that is being collected on the users of the platform.
That decision was a setback for Facebook as it was appealing that decision in the European Court of Justice.
The UK-headquartered company had appealed that decision to the European Commission.
The European Court ruled in May that Facebook had to show that the “purpose of the data” is to “identify users and to assist the service provider in carrying out its business,” but the court said that wasn’t enough.
“The court was not satisfied that Facebook was acting within its powers under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the court stated.
In a statement to the UK press, Facebook defended its actions and said the decision “has been justified by the need to ensure the safety of its users.”
“We’ve worked hard to improve our approach to protecting users’ data, but that’s not enough,” Facebook wrote.
“We believe the court’s decision was wrong and we intend to appeal.”